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Spring Growth Conference:
Farming in the Face of Climate Change
Saturday, March 7, 2015 (snow date March 8)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Common Ground Education Center, Unity


On-farm nutrient cycling is a key way that farms can build resilience in the face of climate change. At this year's Spring Growth Conference, co-sponsored by MOFGA, Unity College and The Resilience Hub, participants will hear about historical trends impacting Maine's weather patterns and the theoretical opportunities for closing the nutrient loop. The keynote speaker is John Aber from the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire. MOFGA's organic crop specialist, Eric Sideman, will facilitate a farmer panel discussion of practices on the farm. Details and registration.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Garish, chancy, new … bring it on, Avent says
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/19/2012.
By Tom Atwell – Opinionated people expand your horizons. You don't have to agree with their opinions, but you at least have to think about what they say, and sometimes that will open your horizons. Tony Avent, founder and owner of Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina, loves bright and gaudy plants, loves to push the hardiness zones – the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture revision backs him up on that – and likes to bring new plants to the market.
Tree hay-the answer to farming’s prayers?
Farming Online (UK) - 2/18/2012.
Conventional farming around the world is facing a crisis. The consolidation of power in the hands of a few transnational companies, reliance on finite chemical inputs and fragility in the face of climate change have led to calls for an end to “business as usual” and an increase in innovative environmental practices.
The Ooooby local economic model
Fleeing Vesuvius - 2/18/2012.
By Pete Russell – Ooooby began in December 2008 on Waiheke Island, Auckland, as an online social network of food gardeners. An evolving project, it now also facilitates the distribution of locally grown food. Each month an Oooobyversity evening is hosted to share knowledge about food-growing and ways to enhance local production.
Grange project may be boon for area farmers
Kennebec Journal - 2/18/2012.
By David Robinson – Farmington: Peter Beane has a great idea for selling salad dressing, vegetarian soy burgers and other popular health food treats made from tofu. Like so many other aspiring food entrepreneurs, however, he has never been able to turn his great idea into a successful business. Beane, 57, has money to invest in the new venture but can't afford the thousands of dollars it takes to build a commercial kitchen. That's where the Farmington Grange Hall comes in.
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February 27 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Augusta

February 28 - School Garden Regional Gathering

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

February 28 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Portland

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Belfast

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March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

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